Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fall Sampler Framed Art

Ahh...Fall, I love it! The cooler temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves, the back to school energy. Fall on the east coast is a truly lovely thing. And celebrating it with my paper crafting supplies makes it even better.

That's one of the great fun things about paper crafting, you can celebrate the seasons, any time! I mean, my last post was about Christmas cards (super fun!) and now I'm talking about Fall. And tomorrow, I might celebrate's all good!

My Sampler Framed Art classes are going well. We meet once a month, usually the last Wednesday of the month to make the sampler for the next month. So, they're somewhat related to the upcoming month's season. Love a sampler a lot? Hang it or display it year round, that's what I'm going to do with my nautical one, I think it's going in the bathroom. 
Like change? Just swap out the sampler for a different one!

May I present to you....Fall!

Isn't it lovely? We're using the 9 x 9 Ribba shadow box frames from Ikea. They're $10 US. The shadow box feature allows the design of the sampler to have 3D elements, like the Boxwood Wreath (144176) on the door. It also allows for lots of Stampin' Deminsionals! I've used lots of new products from the new Holiday Catalog. Catalogs available for shopping on September 1 (and for Demos now!). Need a catalog or want to join my team, just ask.

The Hello Fall square uses the leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, (seriously, you must buy this set!) the sentiment is from the Merry Cafe set, I've snipped it out a part of it. The knotty bit is three strands pulled from our Burlap Ribbon, tied in a knot and attached with a glue dot. The Designer Series Paper for the whole project is called Painted Autumn and it is amazing! The acorns are from the Painted Harvest stamp set, I fussy cut them out. I also used the Touches of Nature Elements and our Crushed Curry Baker's Twine.

Here we have stamps and dies from the At Home With You Bundle. And a little tiny strip of our Wood Textures DSP for the floor.

I've die cut (Large Letters Framelits) out the letter from the DSP that is used for the base layer. I attached the DSP M (use you initial of course) to another M die cut out of a piece of thin chip board that comes in the DSP packs. That just added dimension, and I used Dimensionals too.

The sunflower square might be my favorite! It's from the Painted Harvest stamp set with the coordinating Leaf Punch. I used Crushed Curry ink, stamped off once for the first layer and then full strength for the second layer. And Early Espresso for the center of the flower. The leaves are done the same way in Garden Green and punched out with the Leaf Punch.

I've used several layouts for the samplers. This is the 5th one we've done in class (I've used this basic layout on two of the previous samplers). You can see earlier blog posts for information on the others. This sampler's basic layout measurements are:

9" x 9" DSP base (I actually cut out the center of this piece to use for later).
8 1/8" x 8 1/8' Early Espresso
8" x 8" Crushed Curry
The Very Vanilla and DSP squares are 2" x 2" and the big square is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Early Espresso 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" backs the "working" pieces

Here's a picture of the sampler with no frame.

And here it is sitting pretty on my sideboard.

The class costs $30 with the frame and $20 for no frame. Class on the 23rd is full, but I can add your name to the wait list or if there's enough interest, I can add another class. 
I can also do a Private Class if you'd like to make this with your friends and family. 
This can be done at your place or mine.

As always, I am here to help you with your crafty needs!
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Carols of Christmas

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's the first Wednesday of the month and I am sharing creative inspiration with the ICS team.

 Our theme this month is Knotty Ways featuring Christmas projects. (Is is naughty to like Christmas crafting and ribbon so much?)  There is an early release this month of the Carols of Christmas bundle from Stampin' Up. It's always a good idea to start early on our Christmas projects. 
So we thought we'd provide you with some inspiration.

I just love the Carols of Christmas stamp set and thinlits bundle. It was available in July for demonstrators AND now that it is August, anyone can buy it. My card today is a peaceful night time scene. It features the new 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Night of Navy. 
The ribbon is just so soft and lovely.

Here's a quick video with tips on how to assemble the card and ideas about what adhesives to use.

And just in case you'd like a closer picture, here's a close up of the ribbon.

Scroll on for more samples using the Carols of Christmas bundle!
We'll be using it for two of the cards at my monthly Christmas Card class on August 8.  
Here's a look at the projects we're making.

Aren't they lovely!

Bits of ribbon AND embossing!
This is the 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon.

This cheerful card features the 1/4"Double Stitched Ribbon.
And stamps from the Merry Mistletoe set from the annual catalog.

No ribbon here! But it's cute none the less.
It's so cool how you can use the positives and negatives from the dies.

For more Christmas inspiration, click HERE or the arrow below to see what Tammy has to share.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I love sharing with you. 
If you would like to purchase the new Carols of Christmas set, click the shop button or head over to my website,

Stay Crafty!
The Crafty Yogi

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Card for Babies, A Little Wild Cutness

Hi Crafty Friends!

I'm planning out my cards for my Just Cards Class coming up on July 19. I am hoping to get a lot done as we're going to the beach next week. I usually try to plan cards for all occasions (birthdays, thinking of you, get well, babies, weddings, just because) for this class. 

I had a request for a wedding shower card, which I'll also share, and somehow, that inspired me to make a baby card!

I recently got the A Little Wild stamp set, it's super cute. I used the Freshly Made Sketches challenge to design the card. So take a look and let me know what you think!

The card features the colors So Saffron and Soft Sky, and a small strip of Coffee Break DSP. I colored the bear with our watercolor pencils and a blender pen. The card front is embossed with Oh My Stars embossing folder.

Here's the sketch. You can click the sketch to go to the Freshly Made Sketches blog.

Here's the wedding card I made.

I like the bold colors. It's Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, and Eastern Palace DSP. The stamp is Definitely Dahlia.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, Introducing the 2017-2019 In Colors

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's the first Wednesday of the month and I have a fun and wonderful project to share with you. 

I'm participating in the Inspire Create Share Blog Hop, and this month, we are introducing (or re-introducing) you to Stampin' Up's 2017-2019 In Colors.

Each year, Stampin' Up introduces a new set of In Colors, that we will offer for two years. It's a great way to keep your color palate fresh and keep the creative juices flowing.

I've been designing a sampler framed art piece once a month for my class goers. For the month of July, our project features a beachy, nautical theme. As I was looking through our annual catalog (by the way, it's an awesome resource, not just for shopping, but for ideas and inspiration too) I was inspired by the new stamp set and paper shown on page 52. This page features the super cute new stamp set called Message in a Bottle and the Designer Series paper shown with it is called Naturally Eclectic. The paper features bright colors and fun designs.

I noticed that the paper uses three of our new In Colors, and I became pretty excited. A cool thing, it also has two of last years In Colors. So, have a look at my project, and especially look for the new In Colors: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig.

Stamp set used: Message in a Bottle, Seaside Shore, and Colorful Seasons. The base of the project is Soft Sky and all the sampler pieces are backed in Night of Navy.

Don't you just love this little octopus? He's from the Message in a Bottle set. He's stamped in Night of Navy, on a very lightly watercolored background of Soft Sky and die cut out with our Stitched Shapes Framelits (love them!), then backed with a two inch circle punch out of Glimmer Paper.

I created this under water scene with the stamps from Seaside Shore set and the water background is from the stamp set, Tranquil Tide. The fish are in the In Colors: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Berry Burst. The elements are all fussy cut as there are no dies for this set, and popped up on Dimensionals. But don't fuss, sit back, use our amazing snips, take your time, and cut them out. It's not too bad, really.

The lovely light house is from the Tranquil Tide set, it's stamped in Emerald Envy and Night of Navy. You can't tell it from this pic, but it's also fussy cut out and popped up on dimensionals.

I hope that I have inspired you to get creating with our new in colors, and if you are a beach lover, with our beachy stamp sets. 

For more inspiration, click HERE or the next icon below to see what Anastasia Radloff has created to share this month.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing, June 2017

I think the June kit, called One in a Melon is so cute! I mean, first the name! I mean, who, who, doesn't love a good pun. Here is a quick unboxing video, so you can see all of the elements.

For my alternative project, I made the gift bag into a box. 

It was pretty simple really. I decided how tall I wanted to make the box. In this case, about 3 inches. I cut out part of one wide panel on the bag and a little bit less on each side panel. Then I assembled the box. The front panel decorations use the stamps and supplies from the kit. The strip for the banner is from the piece in the center of the circle elements. The black dots are 2 of the White Perfect Accents colored black with a Sharpie. Even though they are self adhesive, I used Glue Dots to attach them to the banner and the box. I cut the tissue paper a bit smaller to line the box.

For more ideas and inspiration, click HERE or the graphic below to see what Carolynn has to share. And then come see us again next month for more ideas.
Stay Crafty!

Here's the full blog hop list:

Sara Levin -
Kimberley Morris -
Pam Staples -
Maria Willis -
Melissa Davies - 
Audra Monk -
Carolynn Sander - 
Lori Mueller  -- 
Megan Thompson - 
Rachel Tessman -
Kelly Acheson - 
Rick Adkins -
Cindee Wilkinson -…rnative-blog-hop.html
Andrea Tracy-Tucker - 
Jennifer Hill - 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Let the Christmas Cards Begin!!


It's the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year. I can't say my favorite, because there is so much I like about summer (the beach, warm days, kids home). There's a lot I like about fall (new school years, pretty trees, cooler weather, Halloween stuff). And spring (warmer days, the world becoming green again, and flowers). So, maybe winter isn't my favorite, but a good snow storm and hot drinks make it worth all the cold. But what makes winter pretty awesome is Christmas.

The colors, the decorations, the feel good commercials. Having family and friends gather together. But most important, Christmas cards! I love everything about them. Making them, sending them, receiving them, looking at them.

I am starting my Christmas card making classes next week! I'm trying something new this year, I'm calling it a Christmas Card Club. The club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 10am and 7 pm. EXCEPT for the month of July! For July we're meeting on Wednesday, July 5 at 7pm (although if you gather a few friends, I am happy to schedule a private class for you--I can also do a to go packet, just ask!). We'll make two each of three card designs for $18. All supplies are included for in person classes. The classes will run right through December. If you attend all 6 (or all 5 daytime classes) you will receive a fun gift from me! (And don't worry, there will be more Christmas card classes, stay tuned for schedule updates).

But enough chit chat, let's look at the projects!

Ahhh, I'm so happy with my first set of Christmas cards. Warm Christmasy colors and hot drinks, what more could a Christmas card maker want?

First up are two cards using a new Holiday set from the annual catalog called Merry Mistletoe. The first card is cased (copy and share everything) from page 112 of the catalog. 

The second project with the same set shows off more of our new Be Merry DSP.

In each class, I like to have at least one card that's not quite so traditional. I think this next card fits the bill. It shows off our new Coffee Cafe bundle and a returning favorite, Flurry of Wishes. 
Here's a closer look:

I also have some exciting news from Stampin' Up!
We have a couple of great promotions for July. First up, Bonus Days are back! For every $50 you  spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. How cool is that?  You can order from my online store, just click that "shop" button on the right or contact me. 
(Wait till July 1 for the coupons, but I won't mind if you order something now).

Our second promotion is even more amazing! Join my team in July during Our Christmas in July promotion. It makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! All new recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks, and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)! Can you believe it? It's an amazing deal on top of the regular joining plan of $125 in product for $99 with free shipping. Want to know more, ask!

Wow, this is a doozy of a blog post. I hope you have been inspired to create and to know more about Stampin' Up.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Stay Crafty!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Framed Art

I'm really getting to like my monthly sampler framed art classes. It's fun to have a theme and then dive into the Stampin' Up catalog and plan out the project. I am particularly happy with this month's project. Last weekend my husband and I were taking our son to Lenox, MA to drop him off for a two week percussion seminar. I used some of the car riding time to sketch out my design. Then the most exciting part is when I sat down a week later, it worked!

Measurements in inches:
Whisper White base, 9 x 9
Night of Navy base, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2
Long panels: Whisper White, 2 x 4 1/2, Real Red, 2 1/4 x 4 3/4, Whisper White, 2 3/8 x 4 5/8
Square panels: Whisper White, 2 x 2, Real Red, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, Whisper White, 2 3/8 x 2 3/8

Real Red, Night of Navy, Archival Black, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake

The theme for this month is red, white, and blue. So thinking Americana, my number one set in mind was Bike Ride (which on a fun note, was my Prize Patrol prize from the April On Stage event) and it's matching Build a Bike Framelits Dies. I mean, how cute is this bike? The basket of apples is from the same set.

Next up are some very cute kites using the Swirly Bird stamp set. I cased this layout from the sample in the SU catalog. The kites and bows did need to be fussy cut, as the coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, coordinate, but don't cut out these elements. I used the dies and the dot stamp to add some atmosphere to this panel.

I used the Letters for You (love these!) and their matching framelits for the letters. The fireworks behind the letters are from the super fun host set called In the City. The Yay! stamp comes from the Celebration Time stamp set and the Adirondack chair and the cute little cup are from Colorful Seasons and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

I'm excited to share the project with my crafty friends in class next week. 
Here it is all framed up. I use the RIBBA 9 x 9 frames from Ikea.

And when you spend a bit of time creating, sometimes you end up with a creative mess!

Haha! Not too bad really.
Thank you so much for stopping by! And good luck creating your own.
Stay Crafty!

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